Ambassador William (Bill) Brownfield has been affiliated with CSIS as a senior adviser since 2018. Prior to that, Bill Brownfield enjoyed an illustrious career in public service, at the rank of career ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service. Amb. Brownfield’s last seven years of his career were spent serving as the assistant secretary of state for the bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement affairs. As assistant secretary, Amb. Brownfield ran a portfolio of more than $4 billion in 80 countries administered by 5000 employees and contractors. Amb. Brownfield’s expertise in the Americas draws from his vast experience in serving as U.S. ambassador to Chile, Venezuela, and Colombia. Through his ambassadorial posts, Amb. Brownfield was immersed in working with the Colombian government to build upon existing institutions and promoting U.S. interests economically via the establishment of the Chile-United States Free Trade Agreement. In Venezuela, he led an embassy in constant crisis with the most adversarial government of any country in the Hemisphere. Brownfield has UN experience in Geneva and Vienna. He was temporary political adviser to the U.S. Southern Command. He received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award and the Presidential Performance Award three times each. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the National War College and attended the University of Texas School of Law. He speaks Spanish and French.
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Promise and Peril: Migration Management Technologies in West Africa and Central America
Event by Erol Yayboke , Marti Flacks , William Brownfield , Badara Ndiaye , Amal El Ouassif , Caterina Rodelli , Ángela Alarcón , and Oscar Chacón — February 22, 2023
The Future of Security in Venezuela
Event by Ryan C. Berg , William Brownfield , Liliana Ayalde , and Ivan Simonovis — December 20, 2021
The Biden-Harris Agenda for Latin America: What Can We Expect?
Podcast Episode by Moises Rendon and William Brownfield — January 21, 2021
Voices of Venezuela: Violence and Insecurity
Podcast Episode by Moises Rendon and William Brownfield — July 9, 2020
Can the Rio Treaty Help Venezuela?
Event by Moises Rendon , William Brownfield , Ambassador Gustavo Tarre , and Ambassador Fernando Simas Magalhães — January 21, 2020